Friday, December 23, 2005

Human rights?

Women's rights advocates argue that access to legal abortion is essential for the mental and physical health of women as a gender, and that banning abortion puts women in danger. Furthermore, since this is not a danger that men face, it would be a source of inequality and injustice.

Many advocates go much further than this and say that not only should abortion be available, it should be available in all communities and at low (or no) cost, otherwise the poor, and those living in areas with a strong religious ethos will suffer discrimination that puts their health at risk. This, they argue, would breach human rights.

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